Mom of Many Male Youngsters

Chair

June17

Cool Chair, ugly upholstry

Should I attempt to reupholster this chair?

I’m trying to decide if I should buy this. I know right where I want to put it. It’s been reupholstered recently. Beautiful job too. Unfortunately the choice of fabric is not to my taste at all. But, for $32 it seems like it should come home with me. Thoughts?

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It seems I have a lot to say…

May19

The rain has been making me crazy and cranky and pairing that with PMS has made me what I’m sure is unbearable. Luckily the sun popped out yesterday while I was driving home and this morning on my ride in to work. I am much happier now. Also, a fabulous woman in the office made mini carrot cake cupcakes for another coworker’s birthday today. That has made me smile. And eat. And maybe just one more because they are so small.

Alas, the sun has gone and more rain is expected. Have I mentioned how over the rain I am? It seems as if it will never dry out around here. The ark jokes are not even funny anymore.

The new house is lovely. I even bought some plants for the yard. Yes, it seems it’s my year to garden. Maybe. I find I am willing to dig in the dirt about every five years. So as soon AS THE SUN RETURNS I will be digging. I hope it goes well since this will probably be it for many years.

The plants came from Flower Days at the Public Market. Somehow I’ve never attended this flower filled event. Unbelievable I know! I’ve lived in this area for about TWENTY YEARS… my God, am older than dirt… and never managed a trip downtown for the event. It of course it was cold and rainy on Sunday. The good news was it wasn’t very crowded because of this. Even without the crowds I got very overwhelmed and probably would have left without buying anything but luckily I brought a friend who kept me calm. We did a walk through to survey the goods and then went back and purchased what we wanted. Let me just say, that was the perfect way to handle it. One, no carrying heavy pots around and two, better to price things and narrow down before actually purchasing. Still, by the end of the walk through I was completely overwhelmed and not sure what to buy. I had to refocus on what I originally wanted and then picked up a few annuals at the booths I was already buying from.

So what did I get? Well, the big purchase was two gorgeous Rhododendrons in the traditional light purple. They had some lovely maroonish ones but I decided to stick with the traditional that reminded me of my youth (so important in us ancient ones). I picked up a bunch of basil, mint and coriander. Also got some gerber daisies, poppies and begonias. Why have I never taken notice of begonias before? They were amazing! So lovely. Maybe once I get them in the ground or the rain stops falling I’ll take some photos to put up here.

In other news, I’ve been baking tons with my new kitchenaid (thanks honey for the Mother’s Day gift!!!) and new double oven. The kids are thrilled with the baking of course because it means yummy treats for them. The scale however is very unhappy with me. Well, too bad scale. I’m having fun, enjoying homemade treats and making people smile.

I’ve also gotten even more crunchy. We’re still composting and recycling of course but now our garbage pickup takes even more recycling then the old one. We are down to about 2 – 13 gallon kitchen bags a week. For six people! And even then, one of them is usually not full. Also, there are still always extra people and kids around. I was a little worried that the kids would stop showing up now that we live further from school but that has not been the case. I’m so glad. I love having people hanging out everywhere. Makes me happy. (Plus, more excuses to bake!)

Oh, and on the crunchy front I’m going natural with cleaners and a steam mop to go along with the cloth napkins, hand towels and old rags instead of paper towels and napkins. I’m thinking I’ll be making my own laundry and dish detergent soon. I know! Who am I?

The boxes are slowly getting unpacked. So far my cake pans and measuring cup seem to have gone missing in the move but those I can definitely replace. The living room hasn’t been touched. Except the other night I hung a bunch of pictures on the nails left behind from the previous owners. Then I made Jeff take them all down because they were giving me anxiety. Yes, he agrees, I’m a freak. I have no idea why but I couldn’t stand them hanging just randomly like that. I prefer them in a box until I have a plan of some sort.

The bedrooms are mostly done. The kitchen is done. The rest? Well, we’re getting there. I haven’t even started painting yet! I did manage to change the hardware in the kitchen though. It made it so much calmer and updated looking.

Sorry about the poor quality of the photos. The one that is probably the closest to how they look in real life is the bottom right. So the top two? Shiny worn brass that came with the house. NOT my style at all. Bottom two? Antique pewter. Ahhhh, anxiety gone. And the change also totally toned down the oak color. Looks much more mellow now. Now, tell me what you think…

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Sitting at the dentist

March2

So I’m sitting here waiting for all 4 boys to see the dentist which in of itself is no big deal. Unfortunately the children are annoying each other and whining and complaining. This is making me want to run away. One of the children, I will not name names, is insisting I bring him home when he is done. Oh, and btw, he’s going first.

In other goings on, I’m not a fan of swyping long passages on my phone. It annoys me. This is why the grand idea I would blog from my phone all the time hasn’t really worked out. Until today that is. This is what the waiting room with children has driven me to.

On the house front… we haven’t had a single person look at our house in forever. Apparently the market is at a stand still in our area. No new homes on the market and no purchases. I’m hoping the weather will warm up and things will get going.

In the mean time I’ve been looking at home and design sites and blogs. I am not very bright when it comes to these things. See right now the thing to do is paint your woodwork white, paint your cabinets in the kitchen a light color, actually paint anything you’ve got – furniture, cupboards, etc. White is very in right now. So what happens in a few years when natural woodwork is back in vogue? You know it’s going to happen. It always does. And how in the hell does someone with 4 boys and a bunch of their friends live in a white house? Boys are dirty yo. The other thing I’m finding is spray painted ornate mirrors and chandeliers. Do people not have dust and cobwebs in their homes? Am I the only one that just sees more stuff to dust?

I’m not so sure I’m cut out for this decorating thing.

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My Taste

January14

So I’m finding I really enjoy light, white, pink flowers, glass and cast iron accents. This is what is gleaned so far from pinterest. Never realized I liked white so much. Too bad I have all those dirty boys to house or I could try living like that a bit.

In other news, no takers of our house. Seems people don’t even want to come look at it.

And if you’d like to know how my weekend is to begin, not with my pj’s, a glass of wine and bad, canceled tv shows via netflix streaming. No, it’s me racing home to take a certain 12 y/o to have his wrist x-rayed. In a snowboard accident last night he injured his wrist and although I thought it was just a strain – “Ice! Advil! Rest!” – the school nurse seems to think it warrants an x-ray. She even filled out a bunch of paperwork to PAY for the x-ray since it happened on a school sponsored trip. The doctor’s office also feels confident enough that it is necessary to not warrant an appointment with them first. So I’m once again a neglectful parent for downplaying the whole incident.

www.pinterest.com

January12

This is a fabulous site for putting together a sort of virtual mood board, or inspiration board or whatever you want to call it. I’m using it to post things that inspire me, things that I find beautiful etc. I’m hoping that at some point I’ll be able to see a pattern and it may help me to decorate my house. You know, whichever house we end up in.

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